Just in time for the LDS Educators Association first annual conference (July 15, 2017) at BYU, we are pleased to announce the release of the ebook version of Learning in the Light: Selected Talks at BYU, by John S. Tanner, now president of BYU-Hawaii.
The print version is available through BYU Studies for $24.95 plus shipping.
Keynote speakers at the LDS Educators Association conference will be Tad Callister (Sunday School General President) and John S. Tanner (President of BYU-Hawaii). See the full schedule here.
About the book:
The talks collected in this volume are drawn from John S. Tanner's later years at Brigham Young University, prior to his appointment as president of BYU–Hawaii. They contain a record of how, as an administrator, he tried to keep the dream of BYU alive. More broadly, they speak to a vision of learning that has been central to Latter-day Saint doctrine and practice from the earliest days of the Church. He calls it learning in the light (see Psalm 36:9).
The Psalmist declared, “In thy light shall we see light.” The gospel provides the light by which we see the world and the lens through which we make sense of it. As C. S. Lewis said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” This book sees the world of learning through the light of the gospel.
Bruce C. Hafen observes, “Since I began teaching at BYU forty-five years ago, I have heard many talks and read many essays about BYU's spiritual and intellectual mission. I’ve not heard that mission described more eloquently or with more insight than in John's work. At his best, he is reminiscent of Elder Neal A. Maxwell, with whom he has much in common—intuitive confidence in gospel premises as the best foundation for sound reasoning; a high degree of awareness about cultural context; equally fluent, even native-tongued, in both the language of the scriptures and the language of liberal education; meek, bright, and empathic.”